Hung Cuong, who has always kept a pen and paper handy, has written poems under the pen name of Nhat Quoc Tam. Like the songs he sings, his poetry is laced with patriotic tributes to soldiers, refugees and the people of his beloved South Vietnam.
To him, the South Vietnamese people are the innocents; communism, the beast. Many receive his praise, like former Gen. William Westmoreland, and hardly anyone escapes his barbs, especially Jane Fonda. He accused the Oscar-winning actress of spreading the "Stalin virus" during her controversial trip to Hanoi in 1972. He wrote:
How can you kiss men who the day before killed innocent people and set on fire so many innocent villages?
All of you have helped build another Berlin wall, and it is a tribute, a monument for the Russians.
You betrayed 50,000 American soldiers who have sacrificed themselves for freedom.
Most of his poems are nostalgic reminders of how South Vietnam was before the surrender to the North Vietnamese in 1975. Some recall the old path home and tell of walking down a sodden path near where the river turns into the village, and of happy children riding water buffalo that feed near the bamboo-edged river banks.